ALERT The future growth information does not take account of the impact of COVID-19. If you are affected by COVID-19 there is a range of support available.

Meteorologists

ANZSCO ID 234913

Overview

All Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals

  • $2,094 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth

Meteorologists

  • 680 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 80% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 30% female Gender Share

Meteorologists study the physics and dynamics of the atmosphere to increase understanding of weather and climate, and to forecast changes in the weather and long-term climatic trends.

Specialisations: Climatologist, Weather Forecaster.

You need a bachelor degree in science majoring in mathematics, physics or a related field to work as a Meteorologist. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Tasks
  • Studies composition, structure and dynamics of the atmosphere, investigating the direction and speed of air movements, air pressure and temperature, humidity and other phenomena.
  • Investigates the nature of solar and terrestrial (infra-red) radiations and effects on the atmosphere.
  • Studies physical nature and properties of solid and liquid particles suspended in the atmosphere, investigating them as the process of cloud formation, precipitation and electrical disturbances.
  • Studies data on atmospheric conditions obtained to prepare weather maps and forecasts for advice to aviation, shipping, agriculture and the general public.
  • Studies climatic conditions by analysing meteorological observations made over extended periods of time, and investigates past and possible future fluctuations in climate.
  • Employs balloons, rockets and artificial earth satellites and such techniques as spectroscopy, hygrometry, daylight and infra-red photography, radar and radio to obtain data on atmospheric conditions, and directs processing of the data.
  • May specialise in a particular area of meteorological science.

Prospects

Pathways

You need a bachelor degree in science majoring in mathematics, physics or a related field to work as a Meteorologist. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mathematics

    80% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  2. Geography

    77% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  3. Computers and electronics

    71% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  4. Physics

    69% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  5. English language

    66% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  6. Customer and personal service

    64% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  7. Education and training

    62% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  8. Communications and media

    60% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  9. Administration and management

    48% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  10. Chemistry

    46% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  11. Engineering and technology

    43% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  12. Clerical

    43% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  13. Public safety and security

    42% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  14. Telecommunications

    39% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  15. Psychology

    34% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  16. Personnel and human resources

    33% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  17. Transportation

    30% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  18. Law and government

    27% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  19. Sociology and anthropology

    27% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  20. Biology

    26% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Science

    71% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  2. Reading comprehension

    70% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Active learning

    61% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  4. Speaking

    61% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  5. Writing

    61% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  6. Active listening

    59% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  7. Critical thinking

    57% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  8. Complex problem solving

    55% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  9. Judgment and decision making

    55% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  10. Monitoring

    54% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  11. Instructing

    50% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  12. Systems analysis

    50% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  13. Time management

    48% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  14. Learning strategies

    46% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  15. Coordination with others

    46% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  16. Systems evaluation

    46% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  17. Social perceptiveness

    45% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  18. Serving others

    45% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  19. Persuasion

    43% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    41% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Written comprehension

    71% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  2. Oral comprehension

    70% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Oral expression

    70% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  4. Written expression

    64% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  5. Deductive reasoning

    61% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  6. Inductive reasoning

    59% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  7. Speech clarity

    59% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  8. Flexibility of closure

    59% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  9. Near vision

    57% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  10. Problem spotting

    57% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  11. Categorising

    57% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  12. Sorting or ordering

    55% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  13. Mathematics

    55% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  14. Working with numbers

    48% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  15. Brainstorming

    46% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  16. Far vision

    46% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  17. Selective attention

    46% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  18. Speech recognition

    45% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  19. Originality

    45% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  20. Colour discrimination

    41% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    82% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  2. Collecting and organising information

    79% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  3. Communicating with the public

    79% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  4. Making sense of information and ideas

    76% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  5. Researching and investigating

    72% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  6. Looking for changes over time

    72% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  7. Explaining things to people

    72% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  8. Making decisions and solving problems

    70% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  9. Thinking creatively

    68% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  10. Building good relationships

    68% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  11. Communicating within a team

    67% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  12. Planning and prioritising work

    66% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  13. Monitoring people, processes and things

    62% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  14. Working with computers

    60% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  15. Working with the public

    59% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  16. Coaching and developing others

    58% Skill level

    Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.

  17. Training and teaching others

    57% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  18. Documenting or recording information

    55% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  19. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    52% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  20. Coordinating the work of a team

    46% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-2021.00 - Atmospheric and Space Scientists.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic mail

    99% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Time pressure

    95% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    94% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Telephone

    94% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  5. Freedom to make decisions

    92% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  6. Indoors, heat controlled

    91% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  7. Being exact or accurate

    90% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  8. Spend time sitting

    89% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  9. Contact with the public

    84% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  10. Teamwork

    84% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  11. Impact of decisions

    83% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  12. Unstructured work

    82% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  13. Frequent decision making

    81% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  14. Contact with people

    79% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  15. Competition

    76% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  16. Lead or coordinate a team

    70% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  17. Public speaking

    68% Important

    Talk to a group of people.

  18. Repeating same tasks

    66% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  19. Responsible for outcomes

    62% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  20. Letters and memos

    61% Important

    Write letters and memos.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Achievement

    76% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  2. Independence

    71% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Relationships

    71% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  4. Working conditions

    71% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Recognition

    67% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  6. Support

    43% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    95% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    62% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Administrative

    52% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Helping

    52% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  5. Enterprising

    43% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Creative

    33% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-2021.00 - Atmospheric and Space Scientists.

All Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals

  • $2,094 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth

Meteorologists

  • 680 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 80% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 30% female Gender Share

Meteorologists study the physics and dynamics of the atmosphere to increase understanding of weather and climate, and to forecast changes in the weather and long-term climatic trends.

Specialisations: Climatologist, Weather Forecaster.

You need a bachelor degree in science majoring in mathematics, physics or a related field to work as a Meteorologist. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Tasks
  • Studies composition, structure and dynamics of the atmosphere, investigating the direction and speed of air movements, air pressure and temperature, humidity and other phenomena.
  • Investigates the nature of solar and terrestrial (infra-red) radiations and effects on the atmosphere.
  • Studies physical nature and properties of solid and liquid particles suspended in the atmosphere, investigating them as the process of cloud formation, precipitation and electrical disturbances.
  • Studies data on atmospheric conditions obtained to prepare weather maps and forecasts for advice to aviation, shipping, agriculture and the general public.
  • Studies climatic conditions by analysing meteorological observations made over extended periods of time, and investigates past and possible future fluctuations in climate.
  • Employs balloons, rockets and artificial earth satellites and such techniques as spectroscopy, hygrometry, daylight and infra-red photography, radar and radio to obtain data on atmospheric conditions, and directs processing of the data.
  • May specialise in a particular area of meteorological science.

You need a bachelor degree in science majoring in mathematics, physics or a related field to work as a Meteorologist. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Employers look for Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mathematics

    80% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  2. Geography

    77% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  3. Computers and electronics

    71% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  4. Physics

    69% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  5. English language

    66% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  6. Customer and personal service

    64% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  7. Education and training

    62% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  8. Communications and media

    60% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  9. Administration and management

    48% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  10. Chemistry

    46% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  11. Engineering and technology

    43% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  12. Clerical

    43% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  13. Public safety and security

    42% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  14. Telecommunications

    39% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  15. Psychology

    34% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  16. Personnel and human resources

    33% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  17. Transportation

    30% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  18. Law and government

    27% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  19. Sociology and anthropology

    27% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  20. Biology

    26% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Science

    71% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  2. Reading comprehension

    70% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Active learning

    61% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  4. Speaking

    61% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  5. Writing

    61% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  6. Active listening

    59% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  7. Critical thinking

    57% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  8. Complex problem solving

    55% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  9. Judgment and decision making

    55% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  10. Monitoring

    54% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  11. Instructing

    50% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  12. Systems analysis

    50% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  13. Time management

    48% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  14. Learning strategies

    46% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  15. Coordination with others

    46% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  16. Systems evaluation

    46% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  17. Social perceptiveness

    45% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  18. Serving others

    45% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  19. Persuasion

    43% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    41% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Written comprehension

    71% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  2. Oral comprehension

    70% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Oral expression

    70% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  4. Written expression

    64% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  5. Deductive reasoning

    61% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  6. Inductive reasoning

    59% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  7. Speech clarity

    59% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  8. Flexibility of closure

    59% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  9. Near vision

    57% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  10. Problem spotting

    57% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  11. Categorising

    57% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  12. Sorting or ordering

    55% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  13. Mathematics

    55% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  14. Working with numbers

    48% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  15. Brainstorming

    46% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  16. Far vision

    46% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  17. Selective attention

    46% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  18. Speech recognition

    45% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  19. Originality

    45% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  20. Colour discrimination

    41% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    82% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  2. Collecting and organising information

    79% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  3. Communicating with the public

    79% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  4. Making sense of information and ideas

    76% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  5. Researching and investigating

    72% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  6. Looking for changes over time

    72% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  7. Explaining things to people

    72% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  8. Making decisions and solving problems

    70% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  9. Thinking creatively

    68% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  10. Building good relationships

    68% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  11. Communicating within a team

    67% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  12. Planning and prioritising work

    66% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  13. Monitoring people, processes and things

    62% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  14. Working with computers

    60% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  15. Working with the public

    59% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  16. Coaching and developing others

    58% Skill level

    Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.

  17. Training and teaching others

    57% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  18. Documenting or recording information

    55% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  19. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    52% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  20. Coordinating the work of a team

    46% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-2021.00 - Atmospheric and Space Scientists.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic mail

    99% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Time pressure

    95% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    94% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Telephone

    94% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  5. Freedom to make decisions

    92% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  6. Indoors, heat controlled

    91% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  7. Being exact or accurate

    90% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  8. Spend time sitting

    89% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  9. Contact with the public

    84% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  10. Teamwork

    84% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  11. Impact of decisions

    83% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  12. Unstructured work

    82% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  13. Frequent decision making

    81% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  14. Contact with people

    79% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  15. Competition

    76% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  16. Lead or coordinate a team

    70% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  17. Public speaking

    68% Important

    Talk to a group of people.

  18. Repeating same tasks

    66% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  19. Responsible for outcomes

    62% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  20. Letters and memos

    61% Important

    Write letters and memos.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Achievement

    76% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  2. Independence

    71% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Relationships

    71% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  4. Working conditions

    71% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Recognition

    67% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  6. Support

    43% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    95% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    62% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Administrative

    52% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Helping

    52% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  5. Enterprising

    43% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Creative

    33% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-2021.00 - Atmospheric and Space Scientists.
go to top